But Jesus said to them, “There’s no need to send them away. You give them something to eat.”
Matthew 14, 16
The King Herod had birthday and celebrated a big party. His mistress, Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, had a daughter who danced before the king. The king was so enraptured that he wanted to give her everything she wanted. The daughter consulted with the mother and they wanted the head of John the Baptist. Then the king was very sad, but he had made a vow! So John, the friend of Jesus died.
When Jesus heard about John, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. When the crowds in the cities heard this, they followed him on foot. When Jesus arrived and saw a large crowd, he had compassion for them and healed those who were sick. That evening his disciples came and said to him, “This is an isolated place and it’s getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus said to them, “There’s no need to send them away. You give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have nothing here except five loaves of bread and two fish.”
I love to read this text! It always gives me a deeper insight into the nature of Jesus. How much did He love the humans! He watched how they desired for living water and no longer wanted the dry sermons of the scribes. They wanted grace and love of God! He healed all the sick and comforted all who mourn. He himself had great sorrow, and yet He immediately turned to the people and forgot himself. He wanted to heal the people, save, love, celebrate and rejoice with them. He liked being with them. Therefore He did not want to send them away. Because for these people He wanted to go to the cross and buy them with His precious blood. He saw the pearls in them, not the dirt and sin.
He wanted to pamper them with manna, like the time when Israel wandered the desert and God gave bread from heaven. But he also wanted His disciples to learn: He’s the giver, they are only distributors of His grace! We are often faced with problems we can not solve, because we have too little. Our words are too weak, our money to little, our time planned. Often our hands are tied when help would be needed. That is why Jesus says, You give them! And when we begin to do the works he tells us, then He multiplies our opportunities, energy, time, money … For He is the giver, we only distributors. Let’s trust Him again and let His heart matters become our work. And we never lose contact with our “bread giver”!
Thank You, Jesus, that I am worth so much to You! You see that I actuall have nothing, but you give, so that I can give and distribute! You really are a kind, compassionate, great, friendly and loving God! I want to trust in You and serve You!